There are a few differences between US and Spanish Holiday seasons:
1. Holiday decorations in Spain go up on Halloween (in most places), while US the rule is after Thanksgiving.
|Street in Malaga|
|Balthasar in the Flesh and asking for Money.|
3. Candy canes and chocolate Santas are replaced by Pulvorones, Turrones and Jamon.
4. Houses are not usually decorated with lights, they are usually restricted to all the streets. However, recently, pisos began buying Santa decorations where Santa is usually hanging from a balcony or parachuting in. I did see one such decoration, but with the Three Kings, which I really enjoyed.
|Almunecar's Santas have problems traveling.|
That is all I can think of right now. And here are some details on some recent events here:
|Spanish Baking MacGyver Style - Wine Bottles work better|
|About Half the Blurry Houses|
|Trader Joe House|
|One of the Kiddies House|
Institute Holiday Dinner à Yummy food and fun company. Good way to explain it. Al-Andalus held a holiday dinner at a restaurant in the center. Consisted of three courses: shared first course of pate, stuffed peppers, (interesting) omelet, salad with avocados, cheese, mangos and yummy. For the second course, many people got the duck but I decided to go safe with pork in a port sauce (too bad I was soo full of wine and the first bit). Then finally I got a bright green, lemon cheese cake. One Spanish tradition I do enjoy greatly is a chupito of orujo after the dinner. Its free too usually! Then after eating, everyone went to Missisippi (that is how it is spelled outside, but inside they spell it right) and suffice to say, it was fun and I saw sides of people for the first time. I want another Institute Dinner.
Holidays à Right as I am writing this, I am attempting to make lemon bars and snickerdoodles for a Christmas dinner on Saturday. Lemon bars will be interesting… but I hope the cookies turn out [EDIT: they didnt, they too are hard :( )!
This will be my first official Christmas season away from the family. They are all gathering in Milwaukee with the snow, while I am sitting here on a terrace listening to the surf pound the beach. Instead of snow (or sleet at times), I get lots of rain and 60s temps. It doesn’t feel like the holidays to me at all. Even though I have a stocking here full of presents (
|No Snow Forcasted in my Holiday Season|
|What is she going to do?|
1. Malaga on Friday (Nochebuena) and hopefully find a carnaceria open so that I can buy a ham to roast
2. Christmas Day there will be a dinner at Spanish Times and then going out
3. Madrid or Cordoba on Sunday or Monday
4. La La La Fun Fun Fun TBA
5. Linares for New Years Eve (noche vieja) and probably day.